Pastoral Letter 4th Quarter (2020)

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INTRODUCTION

AFM Colleague,

I count it a single honor for me to be able to oversee the writing of this letter, which is my last 4th Quarter Pastoral Letter. In this Special Edition, I will be sharing reflections on my ministry journey in the AFM of SA. I have invited Dr Japie La Poorta (Deputy President of the AFM of SA) to do the same.

World Pentecostal Fellowship Conference in Kuala Lumpur. 

A JOURNEY INTO MINISTRY: HIGHLIGHTS & CHALLENGES
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

Let me start by expressing my appreciation and thanks, first to my fellow AFM National Office Bearers, National Leadership Forum (NLF), my fellow-AFMI (AFM International) Office Bearers, AFM National Office Staff and last but not least my soulmate and my spouse, Jacobeth who walked beside me and lent me whatever support she could.

Graduation – George & Jacobeth. 

Call to Ministry 

I received a call into the ministry towards the end of 1974. In 1975 I sought confirmation of this call from the Lord because of the reluctance on my part to become a Pastor. I had plans to equip myself as a lawyer. Indeed, I received confirmation from the Lord in the same year. Having received the confirmation, I applied for a B.Th. Degree at the University of Zululand. My application was approved – however, I changed my mind towards the end of 1975 and decided to go and study at the AFM Central Bible College in Soshanguve. After the completion of my studies and internship, I was ordained as an AFM Pastor on 31 March 1979. I completed my B.Th. Degree with the University of South Africa in 1984. I had an opportunity of doing other short courses on leadership and administration after my junior degree.

Pastoral Ministry In Local Assemblies 

I ministered in the following AFM Assemblies as Presiding Pastor; Machadodorp (1978-1980); Mabopane (1980-1985); Phuthaditjhaba (1985-1999) and Soshanguve Hilltop Restoration Centre since 2004 to date. From 2000 to 2004 I was part of the Ministry Team of the Doxa Deo Tshwane Inner City Campus. Several members from these local assemblies accepted God’s call to become Pastors. There were two from Machadodorp, nine in Mabopane, four in Phuthaditjhaba and one from the current Assembly. While most of them became AFM Pastors, others are involved in other ministries. I continue to pray for those who are still alive that God’s hand would continue to be upon them.

Administrative And Leadership Roles In Other Church Structures 

Besides serving in local assemblies, I had the privilege of serving the in other AFM structures. I would like to thank the AFM members and leaders for the confidence they bestowed on me by allowing me to serve them in this way. There are several structures in which I served but for the sake of brevity, I would like to mention just a few.

“I was a young person when I got ordained. I was active in the church’s youth ministry.”

I served as the Chairperson of the Students Christian Movement during my high school days. I chaired the Eastern Transvaal, Pretoria and Northern Free State District Youth Departments. From 1980 to 1988, I served as the National Youth Chairperson. The National Youth Department used to convene huge National Conferences. In one instance we had over 7,000 young people in attendance. Many of our peers ended up in leadership positions in various sectors of society, including the church. It was this department that raised questions around the racial divisions in the AFM.

“Those were the years of robust debates and phenomenal spiritual growth.”

I served as the General Secretary in the former Black AFM Church (1988-1990), Composite Division (1990-1996) and in the AFM of SA post its unification (1996-2016). Serving as National Secretary was not an easy task, especially in an organization as diverse as the AFM. Beside skills in filing, recording, and conveying of decisions taken, it also required a cool head. The General Secretary’s responsibilities include being the church’s Spokesperson. Although I did not have someone to coach and groom me in secretarial responsibilities, the Lord granted me strength and guidance. Fortunately, certain systems were already in place. This position allowed me to participate in the development of several policy documents and constitutional adjustments.

One of the most difficult responsibilities as National Secretary was when I had to inform Pastors who were not ready for retirement and when I had to write about the suspension or termination of Pastoral Status. In many instances’ recipients thought I was the originator of messages and would not accept that I was a mere messenger.

For a short time, I served as Principal of the AFM of SA Theological Institute (AFMSATI). This was from the end of 1994 to 1996. At the time of my principalship, the three Bible Colleges of the Composite Division, namely Central Bible College (Soshanguve), Covenant Bible College (Durban) and Sarepta (Cape Town) had merged into one college, namely AFMSATI. Unfortunately, this milestone achievement was for a short time. The retrogression after 1996 was due to financial incentives. The struggle for one AFM College, post-church unity, has proven to be an arduous journey.

I served as President of the AFM of SA from 2016 to date. I would have taken retirement by now had it not been the lockdown restrictions on huge in-person gatherings. I would like to thank God and the church at large for the support and motivation I received during my stint as President.

GBM 2018 – Celebration 110 Years.

Involvement In Other Organizations 

By God’s grace and the support from the church, I also served and continue to serve in other structures outside of the AFM of SA. I served as the Chairperson of the Security Services Christian Advisory Board from 2006 to 2015, after which I continued to serve as a member of this organisation until July 2020. I am serving on the Board of Directors at the Impact Community Radio Station since 2007 to date, the Board of Directors of the People Upliftment Project (POPUP) since 2004 to date and AFM representative at the Bible Society Johannesburg Region from 1997 to 2016. It has been a great honor for me to be part of these organisations.

I have been privileged to serve as Secretary-General (2013-2019) and as President of the AFM International (2019 to date). AFM International is the fellowship of AFM churches in more than twenty-four (24) countries. It has since expanded to include Associate Member churches through signed memoranda of cooperation.

Highlights And Challenges 

Some of the significant points in my involvement with the AFM include its unification under one constitution in 1996. As l am laying down the reigns, I have presented a Cohesion Framework document to the National Leadership Forum (NLF). This framework seeks to deepen the church’s unity by engendering a sense of belonging to all members and leaders. I have done so because I cherish Psalm 133, John 17:20-21, Acts 4:32 and Galatians 3:28.

AFM of SA Office Bearers in Parliament

The second highlight for me was the presentation that the AFM leadership made before the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in East London on 19 November 1997. It was not an easy task, but the leadership of the AFM was moved by a sense of social justice to do it. The church began to be vocal on social ills. It is my prayer that the AFM will be able to live up to its collective dream of becoming an agent of transformation through its community involvement.

The third highlight is the church’s involvement in ecumenical organisations. The AFM is a member of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) since 1992. Dr Isak Burger served as Vice-President before his retirement as President of the AFM of SA in 2016. I am serving as a member of the PWF Advisory Committee since 2016. The AFM is part of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA). We are also part of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). We also participate in the Global Christian Forum. I was honored to represent the AFM on this Forum in Bogota (Columbia) in 2018. Prospects are good that the AFM’s application for acceptance as a member church of the World Council of Churches will be approved. I am thankful to God for these developments. I have always believed, even as I do now, that AFM has a contribution to offer in these organisations.

When it comes to challenges, Leadership development remains a challenge ahead for the church. At the recent National Leadership Forum (NLF) meeting I presented a Leadership Development Framework.

Another challenge for the church is Patriarchy. AFM leadership can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to Patriarchy. Since the inception of the AFM, women have always formed an important part of its ministry. In many instances, the deployment of women in the church’s ministry has led to its growth. For many years women’s role in ministry has been confined to local assemblies – mainly in a supportive role. This pattern has not changed for many years. Up to this year, only two ordained women Pastors were elected as Regional Leaders. There is still a patriarchal resistance towards enabling and allowing women to take positions at a leadership level. We need to find mechanisms to disarm patriarchy and be deliberate and intentional about seeing women in leadership. My prayer is that the AFM will have a woman President before the Lord comes.

AN EXPERIENCE IN MINISTRY: LESSONS LEARNED

Dr J.J. La Poorta – Deputy President of the AFM of SA – [email protected] 

Call To Ministry

In 1976 I entered the ministry in Kakamas, where for two years and six months I was the Presiding Pastor (1976-1978). From there, I moved to the Upington Assembly, where we served from 1978 – 1985. While in Upington, I received a call to lecture at the Sarepta Theological College where I served from 1985-1994.

Pastoral Ministry In Local Assemblies 

Residing in the Western Cape, we pastored various AFM Assemblies including Macassar, Eersteriver and Bellville-South. Through my pastoral ministry, I received opportunities to exercise leadership (especially on socio-economic involvement), teach, and become a leader in the communities I ministered.

Unity Committee of the former Composite Church.

Leadership Roles In Other Church Structures 

In addition to my local ministry, I became involved in the higher structures of the AFM of SA. These structures were when I was elected as Regional-, Youth-, and Children’s Ministry Leader. My involvement on this level as Secretary and later Regional Leader gave me access to the then Executive Council of the Former Coloured Section, Composite Division, and United AFM of SA. During this period, I also served on various commissions, committees, and boards within the church.

Involvement In Other Organizations 

This involvement led to my exposure to the broader Body of Christ, as Secretary of the National Organisation of Pentecostal Churches, a delegate to the: Global Pentecostal – Roman Catholic Dialogue, the Joint Consultative Group of Pentecostals, the World Council of Churches and the Global Christian Forum. Further exposure was when I served as AFM representative on the National Executive Council of the South African Council of Churches and serving as the Chairperson of The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa.

World Pentecostal Fellowship Conference in Canada, 2019.

International Exposure

My teaching ministry allowed me to access various Theological Conferences in the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Through this endeavor, I was able to write articles in various theological journals and produced researched papers. Through these engagements, I met numerous renowned Theologians.  Theologians such as Jurgen Moltmann, Veli-Matti Karkainen, Miroslav Volf, Ronald Sider, James Cone, Leonard Lovett, Miquel Alvarez, Juan Sepulveda, Fredrick Ware, Walter Hollenweger, Jean-Daniel Pluss, Mel Robeck, Harold Hunter and David Daniel to mention just a few. Together with Dr Isak Burger and Pastor George Mahlobo we were fortunate to meet numerous leaders of the Pentecostal Movement in the USA and Europe at their Head Offices.

Socio-Economic Involvement

Concerning my socio-economic involvement, I was afforded opportunities to meet with various political leaders and social justice proponents in South Africa and abroad. These engagements included meetings with Presidents Mandela, Mbeki, and Zuma. I have seen and encountered extreme poverty, inequality, and distress among people from all walks of life. In these situations, we must get involved and lend a helping hand in alleviating the pain and suffering resulting from these situations.

The La Poorta Family in 1999

Calling And Ministry In Our Lives

With the birth of our eldest daughter, Althea we were living together in Upington and we had to adjust like all other couples. We were fortunate because Susan’s parents and other relatives were staying in Upington and we had that support system, that assisted us. These support systems made it possible for us to continue with the ministry and for Susan to keep the fires burning with food on the table.

“I just want to salute Susan and all other Pastors wives within and outside the AFM of SA, for keeping their husbands in ministry.”

Life in Upington became very comfortable with the birth of our other two daughters, Susan and Jacqueline – because of these support systems that were in place around us. The situation in the assembly and later the District was going well. We were able to secure church properties in Upington and the regions around Upington like “Wegdraai”, “Grootdrink”, Prieska, Danielskuil, Postmasburg, and Port Nolloth. Life turned out to be so good to us because we were living comfortably in our own house and we were able to secure some goat farming activity. We were well accepted and respected in the community.

We did not enter the ministry for money or to get rich. We entered the ministry because we firmly believed that we have been called by God and that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. That was the attitude by which most of us were governed. That was and still is our approach to ministry today.

In fact, the AFM of SA did not invite me to apply for a job. It was I who came to the realisation of what my calling is – and that was why I went to the Sarepta Theological College. That was the reason why I had no objections when the Curatorium placed me in Kakamas. I regarded the placement as an opportunity to exercise my calling and learn how to trust the One who I believed and confessed, called me into ministry.

That is why it pains my heart today when people come to the church, and in writing confirm on the application forms for theological training, that they believe they are called by God. In some cases, married persons with spouses and children quit their jobs in obedience to God – who they say have called them. Then when they encounter hurdles in the ministry, that that seem to be too great to overcome with the grace of God, they resign from the ministry for whatever reason.

Answering to the call into ministry is a matter of choice to be obedient, or to be like Gideon in the Bible. Gideon asked for more and more signs to deal with his calling. Only after much confirmation did he answer to the call. It is important for all of us who believe we are called or who will be called in the future, to wrestle with God to get certainty about your call in your innermost being. When you make the call to be obedient, it is your decision. If you have heard correctly, it is your choice. If you have heard wrong or misunderstood the call, it is your responsibility to make sure. When you say you are called and you are right, you can only take credit for yourself through God’s grace. If you have missed the call or misunderstood the call you can only blame yourself and nobody else.

“Romans 11: 29 says the calling and gifts of God are irrevocable. You are either called or not, there are no two ways about being called.”

Lessons Learned

We have learned some vital lessons through these experiences. There is a saying that goes: “It is better to learn from the mistakes of others than to form your own.” By doing what the notion alludes to, those who employ it will spare themselves much pain, anxiety, and stress.

Doctoral graduation at the University of the Western Cape, 1996.

The first lesson we learned is that God is faithful no matter the feeling or experience in which you find yourself. He will always be true to his Word and promises. When He says I will never leave you nor forsake you, He means what He says.

Secondly, it is significant to note that only God calls people into ministry and no other person in the church. If God calls you, he will provide for you in ministry until the end. However, if you are not called, you are the author of your demise. God will not take responsibility for those whom he did not call or even send on specific missions.

Thirdly, the gracious gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. God’s calling into ministry may demand sacrifices that the called ones are required to meet. These demands do not include reckless or ill-advised decisions that may bring severe sacrifices encountered by the innocent people who were not part of the original choices.

CONCLUSION

We are almost at the end of 2020. This year will be remembered in world history as the Covid-19 year, where a global pandemic brought the world to a standstill. As we reflect on the past year and many other challenges let us not give up hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:13). Allow me to wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

May 2021 renew your vigour and passion to continue to serve our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ with sincerity.

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief 4de Kwartaal (2020)

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INLEIDING

AGS Kollega,

Ek beskou dit as ‘n eer om hierdie Pastorale Brief aan jou te skryf – wat heel moontlik my laaste Pastorale Brief vir ‘n vierde kwartaal gaan wees. In hierdie spesiale uitgawe besin ek oor my bedieningsreis in die AGS van SA. Ek het Dr. Japie La Poorta (Adjunkpresident van die AGS van SA) genooi om dieselfde te doen.

“World Pentecostal Fellowship Conference” in Kuala Lumpur. 

‘N BEDIENINGSREIS: HOOGTEPUNTE & UITDAGINGS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Laat ek eers my waardering en dank betuig aan my mede-AGS Nasionale Ampsdraers, die Nasionale Leierskap Forum (NLF), my mede-AFMI (AFM International) Ampsdraers, die AGS Nasionale Kantoor personeel en laaste, maar nie die minste nie, my sielsgenoot en my eggenoot Jacobeth, wat langs my geloop het en my ondersteun het op elke moontlike wyse.

Gradeplegtigheid – George & Jacobeth.

Geroep vir die Bediening 

Teen die einde van 1974 het ek ervaar dat ek geroep word na die bediening. In 1975 het ek God gevra om dit vir my te bevestig omdat ek onwillig was om ‘n predikant te word. Ek het beplan om myself as ‘n prokureur te kwalifiseer. Ek het inderdaad in dieselfde jaar bevestiging van die Here ontvang en aansoek gedoen by die Universiteit van Zoeloeland om ‘n B.Th. graad te studeer – my aansoek was suksesvol. Ek het egter teen die einde van 1975 van plan verander en besluit om verder te studeer by die AFM Central Bible College in Soshanguve. Nadat ek my studies en internskap voltooi het, was ek op 31 Maart 1979 georden as AGS Pastoor. Daarna het ek in 1984 het my B.Th. graad aan die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika voltooi. Ek het na my junior graad die geleentheid gehad om ander kort kursusse oor leierskap en administrasie te volg.

Pastorale Bediening in Plaaslike Gemeentes

Ek het die volgende AGS Gemeentes in die rol van Presiderende Pastoor bedien: Machadodorp (1978-1980), Mabopane (1980-1985), Phuthaditjhaba (1985-1999) en Soshanguve Hilltop Restoration Centre (sedert 2004 tot op hede). Van 2000 tot 2004 was ek deel van die bedieningspan van Doxa Deo Tshwane-middestadkampus. Verskeie lidmate van hierdie plaaslike gemeentes het God se roeping tot die bediening aanvaar en Pastore geword. Daar was twee uit Machadodorp, nege van Mabopane, vier van Phuthaditjhaba en een uit die huidige Gemeente. Terwyl die meeste van hulle AGS Pastore geword het, is ander ook by ander bedieninge betrokke. Ek bid steeds vir diegene wat nog lewe, dat God se hand op hulle sal bly.

Administratiewe en Leierskapsrolle in ander Kerkstrukture

Behalwe dat ek in plaaslike Gemeentes gedien het, het ek ook die voorreg gehad om in ander AGS-strukture te dien. Ek wil AGS-lidmate en leiers bedank vir die vertroue wat hulle in my gestel het om hulle ook op hierdie manier te dien. Daar is verskeie strukture waarop ek gedien, maar ter wille van beskikbare spasie wil ek net ‘n paar noem.

“Ek was ‘n jong persoon toe ek georden was. Ek was aktief in die kerk se jeugbediening.”

Gedurende my hoërskooldae het ek as Voorsitter gedien op die Studente Christelike Beweging. Ek was voorsitter van die Oos-Transvaal, Pretoria en Noord-Vrystaat se distriksjeugdepartemente. Van 1980 tot 1988 was ek die Nasionale Jeugvoorsitter. Die Nasionale Jeugdepartement het gewoonlik groot nasionale konferensies byeengeroep. In een geval het ons meer as 7,000 jongmense gehad wat die konferensie bygewoon het. Baie van ons eweknieë het hulself in leiersposisies in verskillende sektore van die samelewing bevind, insluitende die kerk sektor. Dit was hierdie departement wat vrae laat ontstaan ​​het oor die rasse-verdeeldheid in die AGS.

“Dit was die jare van sterk debatte en fenomenale geestelike groei.”

Ek het gedien as die Algemene Sekretaris van die voormalige Swart AGS Kerk (1988-1990), Composite Division (1990-1996) en van die AGS van SA na die eenwording (1996-2016). Om as Nasionale Sekretaris te dien was nie ‘n maklike taak nie, veral in ‘n organisasie so uiteenlopend soos die AGS. Behalwe vir vaardighede soos liasseerwerk, opnames en die weergee van besluite wat geneem is, was dit ook nodig om ‘n koelkop te kan hou.  Die verantwoordelikhede van die Algemene Sekretaris sluit ook die rol as Woordvoerder van die kerk in. Alhoewel ek nie iemand gehad het om my in sekretariële verantwoordelikhede touwys te maak nie, het die Here my krag en leiding gegee. Gelukkig was sekere stelsels reeds in plek. Hierdie posisie het my die geleentheid gebied om deel te neem aan die ontwikkeling van verskeie beleidsdokumente en grondwetlike aanpassings.

Een van die moeilikste verantwoordelikhede as Nasionale Sekretaris was toe ek aan Pastore moes kommunikeer wat nie gereed was vir aftrede nie. Ek moes toe skryf oor die opskorting of beëindiging van hul pastorale status. In baie gevalle het die Pastore gedink dat ek die boodskap uitgedink het en wou nie aanvaar dat ek ‘n blote boodskapper was nie.

Vir ‘n kort rukkie het ek gedien as die Prinsipaal van die AFM of SA Theological Institute (AFMSATI). Dit was vanaf die einde van 1994 tot 1996. Ten tyde van my betrokkenheid hier het die drie Bybelkolleges van die Composite Division, naamlik die Central Bible College (Soshanguve), Covenant Bible College (Durban) en Sarepta (Kaapstad) saamgesmelt tot een kollege, naamlik AFMSATI. Ongelukkig was hierdie mylpaal-prestasie van korte duur. Die agteruitgang na 1996 was te danke aan finansiële aansporings. Die stryd vir een ​​AGS kollege, post-kerkeenheid, is ‘n moeilike taak.

Ek was van 2016 tot op hede President van die AGS van SA. Ek sou nou afgetree het as dit nie was vir die beperkings op groot byeenkomste nie. Ek wil God en die kerk in die algemeen bedank vir die ondersteuning en motivering wat ek tydens my tydperk as President ontvang het.

GBM 2018 – Feesvieringe 110 Jaar. 

Betrokkenheid by ander Organisasies

Deur God se genade en die ondersteuning van die kerk, het ek gedien en dien ek nog steeds in ander strukture buite die AGS van SA. Ek was van 2006 tot 2015 die Voorsitter van die Christelike Adviesraad vir Veiligheidsdienste, waarna ek as lid van hierdie organisasie gedien het tot Julie 2020. Ek dien sedert 2007 op die Raad van Direkteure van Impact Community Radio Station, sedert 2004 tot op hede op die Raad van Direkteure van die People Upliftment Project (POPUP) en van 1997-2016 as AGS-verteenwoordiger op die   Bybelgenootskap Johannesburg-streek. Dit was vir my ‘n groot eer om deel te kon wees van hierdie organisasies.

Ek was bevoorregd om as Sekretaris-generaal (2013-2019) en as President van AFM International te dien (2019 tot op hede). AFM International is ‘n versameling van AGS-kerke in meer as vier-en-twintig (24) lande. Dit het sedertdien uitgebrei om Geassosieerde Lidmaat-kerke in te sluit deur middel van ondertekende memorandums van samewerking.

Hoogtepunte en Uitdagings

Van die belangrikste hoogtepunte in my betrokkenheid by die AGS is onder meer die eenwording van die kerk onder een grondwet in 1996. Soos ek nou die leisels van my leierskap neerlê, het ek ‘n raamwerk rondom kohesie aan die Nasionale Leierskap Forum voorgelê. Hierdie raamwerk poog om die eenheid van die kerk te verdiep deur ‘n klimaat te skep waar elke leier en lidmaat voel dat hulle behoort in die AGS van SA. Ek het dit gedoen omdat ek Psalm 133, Johannes 17: 20-21, Handelinge 4:32 en Galasiërs 3:28 koester.

AGS van SA leiers in Parlement

Die tweede hoogtepunt vir my was die aanbieding wat die AGS-leierskap voor die Waarheids- en Versoeningskommissie in Oos-Londen gedoen het op 19 November 1997. Dit was nie ‘n maklike taak nie, maar die leierskap van die AGS is aangespoor om dit te doen deur ‘n gevoel van sosiale geregtigheid. Die kerk het begin praat oor sosiale kwale. Dit is my gebed dat die AGS in staat sal wees om sy kollektiewe droom om ‘n agent vir transformasie te word, te kan nakom.

Die derde hoogtepunt is die kerk se betrokkenheid by ekumeniese organisasies. Die AGS is ‘n lid van die Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) vanaf 1992. Dr. Isak Burger het gedien as Vise-president voor sy uittrede as President van die AGS van SA in 2016. Ek dien sedert 2016 as lid van die PWF Advieskomitee. Die AGS is deel van die Evangeliese Alliansie van Suid-Afrika (TEASA). Ons is ook deel van die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (SARK). Ons neem ook deel aan die Wêreld Christelike Forum (Global Christian Forum). Ek was geëerd om die AGS in 2018 in Bogota (Columbia) op hierdie Forum te verteenwoordig. Die vooruitsigte is goed dat die AGS se aansoek as ‘n lidmaat by die Wêreld Raad van Kerke, goedgekeur sal word. Ek is God dankbaar vir hierdie verwikkelinge. Ek het nog altyd geglo, soos nou, dat die AGS ‘n bydrae in hierdie organisasies bied.

As dit kom by uitdagings, is Leierskapsontwikkeling nog ‘n uitdaging wat vir die kerk voorlê. Tydens die onlangse Nasionale Leierskap Forum (NLF) het ek ‘n raamwerk vir leierskapsontwikkeling aangebied.

Nog ‘n uitdaging vir die kerk is die patriargie. AGS-leierskap kan nie meer bekostig om ‘n blinde oog te draai na Patriargie nie. Sedert die stigting van die AGS was vroue nog altyd ‘n belangrike deel van die bediening. In baie gevalle het die ontplooiing van vroue in die kerk tot die groei daarvan gelei. Vir baie jare is die rol van vroue in die bediening beperk tot plaaslike Gemeentes – hoofsaaklik in ‘n ondersteunende rol. Hierdie patroon, oor baie jare, verander nie. Tot en met hierdie jaar was daar slegs twee geordende vroulike Pastore wat verkies was tot Streeksleiers. Daar is steeds ‘n patriargale weerstand daarteen om vroue die geleentheid te bied en toe te laat om posisies op leierskapsvlak in te neem. Ons moet meganismes vind om patriargie te ontwapen. Ons moet doelgerig wees om vroue in leierskap posisies te sien. My gebed is dat die AGS ‘n vroulike President sal hê voordat die Here kom.

ONDERVINDING IN DIE BEDIENING: LESSE WAT EK GELEER HET  

Dr. J.J. La Poorta – Adjunkpresident van die AGS van SA – [email protected] 

In 1976 betree ek die bediening in Kakamas, waar ek vir twee jaar en ses maande die Presiderende  Pastoor was (1976-1978). Van daar af verhuis ek na die Upington-gemeente, waar ons van 1978-1985 gedien het. Terwyl ek in Upington was, het ek ‘n beroep ontvang om te lektor by die Sarepta Teologiese Kollege – waar ek van 1985-1994 gedien het.

Pastorale Bediening in Plaaslike Gemeentes

Terwyl ons in die Wes-Kaap gewoon het, was ons betrokke by die volgende AGS Gemeentes:  Macassar, Eersteriver en Bellville-Suid. Deur my pastorale bediening het ek geleenthede gekry om my leierskap uit te oefen (veral op sosio-ekonomiese gebied), onderrig te gee en ‘n leier te word in die gemeenskappe wat ek bedien het.

Die “Unity Committee” van die voormalige “Composite Church”. 

Leierskapsrolle in ander Kerkstrukture

Benewens my plaaslike bediening, het ek by die hoër strukture van die AGS van SA betrokke geraak. Hierdie strukture was toe ek verkies is as streeks-, jeug- en kinderbedieningsleier. My betrokkenheid op hierdie vlak as Sekretaris en later Streeksleier het my toegang gegee tot die destydse Uitvoerende Raad van die voormalige Kleurlingafdeling, die Composite Division en die Verenigde AGS van SA. Gedurende hierdie tydperk het ek ook op verskillende kommissies, komitees en direksies van die kerk gedien.

Betrokkenheid by ander Organisasies

Hierdie betrokkenheid het gelei tot my blootstelling aan die breër Liggaam van Christus, as Sekretaris van die Nasionale Organisasie van Pinksterkerke en as ‘n afgevaardigde vir die: Wêreldwye Pinkster – Rooms-Katolieke Dialoog, die Joint Consultative Group of Pentecostals, die Wêreld Raad van Kerke en die Wêreld Christelike Forum. Verdere blootstelling was toe ek as AGS-verteenwoordiger op die Nasionale Uitvoerende Raad van die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (SARK) gedien het en as Voorsitter van die Evangeliese Alliansie van Suid-Afrika.

“World Pentecostal Fellowship Conference” in Kanada, 2019.

Internasionale Blootstelling

My onderwysbediening het my toegelaat om toegang te verkry tot verskillende teologiese konferensies in die VSA, Europa, Latyns-Amerika, Asië en Afrika. Ek kon artikels in verskillende teologiese tydskrifte skryf en nagevorsde artikels lewer. Deur hierdie geleenthede het ek talle bekende teoloë ontmoet. Teoloë soos Jurgen Moltmann, Veli-Matti Karkainen, Miroslav Volf, Ronald Sider, James Cone, Leonard Lovett, Miquel Alvarez, Juan Sepulveda, Fredrick Ware, Walter Hollenweger, Jean-Daniel Pluss, Mel Robeck, Harold Hunter en David Daniel om net ‘n paar te noem. Saam met Dr. Isak Burger en Past. George Mahlobo was ons gelukkig om talle leiers van die Pinksterbeweging in die VSA en Europa by hul hoofkantore te ontmoet.

Sosio-ekonomiese Betrokkenheid

Wat my sosio-ekonomiese betrokkenheid betref, het ek geleenthede gekry om met verskillende politieke leiers en voorstanders van sosiale geregtigheid (social justice) in Suid-Afrika en in die buiteland te vergader. Hierdie samesprekings het vergaderings met presidente Mandela, Mbeki en Zuma ingesluit. Ek het ekstreme armoede, ongelykheid en nood onder mense van alle tipe groeperings gesien en teëgekom. In hierdie situasies moet ons betrokke raak en help om die pyn en lyding te verlig.

Die La Poorta Familie in 1999

Roeping en Bediening in ons Lewens

Met die geboorte van ons oudste dogter, Althea, het ons in Upington gewoon en moes ons soos alle ander paartjies aanpas. Ons was gelukkig omdat my vrou – Susan – se ouers en ander familielede in Upington gebly het en ons die ondersteuningstelsel gehad het wat ons gehelp het. Hierdie ondersteuningstelsel het dit vir ons moontlik gemaak om met die bediening voort te gaan en vir Susan om te sorg vir die bestuur van die huishouding.

“Ek wil vir Susan en alle ander Pastoors-vrouens, binne en buite die AGS van SA, salueer omdat hulle hul mans in die bediening hou.”

Na die geboorte van ons ander twee dogters, Susan en Jacqueline, het die lewe in Upington baie gemaklik geraak as gevolg van die ondersteuningstelsels rondom ons. Die situasie in die Gemeente en later in die distrik was gunstig. Ons kon kerkeiendomme in Upington en die streke rondom Upington bekom soos Wegdraai, Grootdrink, Prieska, Danielskuil, Postmasburg en Port Nolloth. Dit het goed gegaan met ons omdat ons gemaklik in ons eie huis gewoon het en ook ‘n bietjie boerderybedrywighede kon beoefen. Ons is goed aanvaar en was gerespekteer in die gemeenskap.

Ons het nie die bediening betree vir geld of om ryk te word nie. Ons het die bediening betree omdat ons vas geglo het dat ons deur God geroep is en dat Hy in al ons behoeftes sal voorsien volgens Sy rykdom in heerlikheid. Dit was die benadering wat die meeste van ons ingeneem was. Dit was, en is vandag nog steeds ons benadering tot die bediening.

Trouens, die AGS van SA het my nie genooi om aansoek te doen nie. Dit was ek wat besef het wat my roeping is – en daarom het ek na die Sarepta Teologiese Kollege gegaan. Dit was die rede waarom ek geen besware gehad het toe die Kuratorium my in Kakamas geplaas het nie. Ek het die plasing gesien as ‘n geleentheid om my roeping uit te oefen en te leer hoe om die Een te vertrou waarin ek glo en wie ek bely my tot die bediening geroep het.

Dit is hoekom dit my so ongelukkig maak as mense kerk toe kom en skriftelik op die aansoekvorms vir teologiese opleiding aandui dat hulle glo dat hulle deur God geroep word. In sommige gevalle het getroude persone met eggenote en kinders hul werk beëindig in gehoorsaamheid aan God – omdat, volgens hulle, God hulle geroep het tot die bediening. Wanneer hulle dan hindernisse in die bediening teëkom wat lyk asof dit te groot is om met die genade van God te oorkom, bedank hulle om watter rede ook al uit die bediening.

Om te reageer op die roeping tot bediening is ‘n keuse om gehoorsaam te wees, of om soos Gideon in die Bybel te wees. Gideon het meer en meer tekens gevra om sy roeping te bevestig. Eers na baie bevestigings aanvaar hy die roeping. Dit is belangrik vir ons almal wat glo dat ons geroep is, of wat in die toekoms geroep sal word, om met God te worstel en sekerheid te kry in ons innerlike wese. Wanneer jy dan die roeping aanvaar om gehoorsaam te wees, is dit jou besluit. As jy reg gehoor het, is dit jou keuse. As jy die oproep verkeerd gehoor het of verkeerd verstaan ​​het, is dit jou verantwoordelikheid om seker te maak. As jy sê dat jy geroep is en dat jy reg was, kan jy slegs krediet vir jouself neem deur God se genade. As jy die roeping misgeloop het, of die roeping verkeerd verstaan ​​het, kan jy net jouself en niemand anders die skuld gee nie.

“Romeine 11: 29 sê dat die roeping en gawes van God onherroeplik is. Jy word geroep of nie, daar is nie twee maniere om geroep te word nie. ”

Lesse Wat Ek Geleer Het

Ons het ‘n paar belangrike lesse geleer deur hierdie ervarings. Daar is ‘n gesegde wat lui: “Dit is beter om uit ander se foute te leer, eerder as om jou eie foute te maak.” Dus om deur ander se foute te leer sal diegene wat dit gebruik hulsef baie pyn, angs en spanning spaar.

Doktorale gradeplegtigheid by die Universiteit van die Wes Kaap, 1996.

Die eerste les wat ons geleer het, is dat God getrou is, ongeag die gevoel of ervaring waarin jy jouself bevind. Hy sal altyd aan Sy Woord en beloftes getrou bly. As Hy sê dat Hy jou nooit sal verlaat nie, bedoel Hy wat Hy sê.

Tweedens is dit belangrik om daarop te let dat slegs God mense tot die bediening roep en geen ander persoon in die kerk nie. As God jou roep, sal Hy voorsien vir jou tot die einde van jou bediening. As jy egter nie geroep is nie, is jy die outeur van jou eie ondergang. God sal nie verantwoordelikheid aanvaar vir diegene vir wie hy nie geroep het nie of selfs op spesifieke sendings nie gestuur het nie.

Derdens is die genade gawes en roeping van God onherroeplik. God se roeping tot die bediening vra miskien opofferings wat deur geroepenes gemaak moet word. Hierdie eise sluit nie roekelose of oningeligte besluite in nie – veral waar dit ernstige gevolge kan meebring vir onskuldige mense wat nie deel van die oorspronklike keuses was nie.

SLOT

Ons is amper aan die einde van 2020. Hierdie jaar sal in die wêreldgeskiedenis onthou word as die Covid-19-jaar, waar ‘n wêreldwye pandemie alles tot stilstand geruk het. Laat ons nie moed verloor terwyl ons nadink oor die afgelope jaar en vele ander uitdagings nie. Mag die God van hoop jou vul met alle vreugde en vrede soos jy op Hom vertrou, sodat jy deur die krag van die Heilige Gees kan oorloop van HOOP (Romeine 5:13). Laat my toe om jou ‘n vreedsame en geseënde Kersfees toe te wens.

Mag 2021 jou ywer en passie vernuwe, om ten spyte van uitdagende tye, voort te gaan om met opregtheid ons Verlosser Jesus Christus te dien. 

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

AFM Newsflash: Friday, 20 November 2020

Download the PDF-version here (e-mail and print-friendly):

20 NOV ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES:

1. GBM Online Registration Form

https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

2. AFM Welfare Weekend: Download Resources

https://afm-ags.org/afm-welfare-weekend-2728-29-november-2020/

3. AFM Alert Level 1 Lockdown Regulations

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

4. AFM Alert Level 1 Funeral Guidelines

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf

AFM Fellow-Colleague,

1. NOTICE: GBM ONLINE REGISTRATION

Due to current lockdown restrictions, it was not possible for the 2020 Annual Conference (AC) and the General Business Meeting (GBM) to be convened on 6-9 September 2020. The NLF (National Leadership Forum) resolved that, depending on the lockdown restrictions pertaining to gatherings, the 2020 AC and GBM be re-scheduled. Specific dates cannot be confirmed at this stage but will be communicated as soon as possible. Delegates are however welcome to register.

To register, click on the link below and complete the online registration form:

https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

The venue remains the AFM Word and Life Church in Boksburg.

The GBM has also been loaded as an EVENT under the EVENTS-section of the AFM Website for future reference (listed as the 2nd event on the page):

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

2. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: 27,28 & 29 NOVEMBER 

In last week’s Newsflash we made a call on all AFM Assemblies to participate in the AFM Welfare Weekend (https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-13-november-2020/). The Welfare Weekend provides an opportunity for the AFM Church to collectively engage in welfare actions that will touch and improve the lives of people across all local communities. Our theme for the 2020 AFM Welfare Weekend is:

Get Involved and make a difference in the lives of vulnerable persons.

I want to encourage you to download the following resources:

  • Focus Areas for preaching a welfare-focussed sermon.
  • A PowerPoint Presentation to equip your leaders and members on how to practically implement Community Involvement (as a driver of the One AFM Game Plan).
  • A List of all AFM Welfare Institutions across provinces.
  • An Electronic Booklet for AFM Members (for an introduction to AFM Welfare).

These resources are available from the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/afm-welfare-weekend-2728-29-november-2020/

I am also including two video messages for your attention. Past. Barend Petersen (Chairperson of AFM Welfare) reminds us of Community Involvement and our role as church, while Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare) shares practical ideas on how AFM Assemblies can make the most of their AFM Welfare Weekends.

Past. Barend Petersen (Be a BLESSING in your Community!)

Ashley Theron (Make the most of your AFM Welfare Weekend!)

May your Assembly have a meaningful and significant AFM Welfare Weekend!

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 20 November 2020

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik te stuur per e-pos of om uit te druk):

20 NOV AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. GBM Aanlyn Registrasievorm:

https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

2. AGS Welsynsnaweek: Laai Hulpbronne Af

https://afm-ags.org/afm-welfare-weekend-2728-29-november-2020/

3. AGS Vlak 1 Inperkingsregulasies 

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

4. AGS Vlak 1 Begrafnis Regulasies

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf

AGS Mede-Kollega,

1. KENNISGEWING: AANLYN GBM REGISTRASIE

Vanweë die huidige grendeltydperk en beperkings, was dit nie moontlik om op 6-9 September 2020 voort te kon gaan met die Jaarlikse Konferensie en Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) nie. Die NLF (Nasionale Leierskap Forum) het besluit om hierdie byeenkoms te her-skeduleer afhangende van die toekomstige beperkings op byeenkomste. Spesifieke datums kan nie op hierdie stadium bevestig word nie, maar sal so spoedig moontlik deurgegee word. Afgevaardigdes is egter welkom om nou al te registreer.

Om te registreer, gebruik die skakel hieronder om die aanlyn registrasievorm te voltooi:

https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=413

Die byeenkoms sal nog steeds by die AGS Woord en Lewe in Boksburg, aangebied word.

Die GBM is nou ook as ‘n byeenkoms onder die “Events”-afdeling van die AGS-webwerf gelaai vir toekomstige verwysing (gelys as die 2de byeenkoms/gebeurtenis op die bladsy):

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

2. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: 27,28 & 29 NOVEMBER 

In verlede week se Nuusflits het ons ‘n beroep gedoen op alle AGS Gemeentes om deel te neem aan die AGS Welsynsnaweek (https://afm-ags.org/nuusflits-vrydag-13-november-2020/).

Die Welsynsnaweek bied ‘n geleentheid vir die Kerk om gesamentlik betrokke te raak by welsynsaksies wat die lewens van mense in plaaslike gemeenskappe sal raak en verbeter. Ons tema vir die AGS Welsynsnaweek van 2020 is:

Raak betrokke en maak ‘n verskil in die lewens van kwesbare persone.

Ek wil jou aanmoedig om die volgende hulpbronne af te laai:

  • Fokus Areas vir ‘n welsynsgerigte preek.
  • ‘n PowerPoint Aanbieding om jou leiers en lidmate prakties toe te rus om betrokke te raak by die plaaslike gemeenskap (as drywer van die One AFM Game Plan).
  • ‘n Lys van alle AGS-welsynsinstellings in provinsies.
  • ‘n Elektroniese Boekie vir AGS-lidmate (wat dien as inleiding tot die AGS Welsyn).

Hierdie hulpbronne is beskikbaar vanaf die onderstaande skakel:

https://afm-ags.org/afm-welfare-weekend-2728-29-november-2020/

Ek sluit ook twee video-boodskappe in vir jou aandag. Past. Barend Petersen (Voorsitter van AGS Welsyn) herinner ons aan gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid en die rol van die Kerk, terwyl Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van AGS Welsyn) praktiese idees deel oor hoe AGS Gemeentes hul Welsynsnaweek ten volle kan benut.

Past. Barend Petersen (Be a BLESSING in your Community!)

Ashley Theron (Make the most of your AFM Welfare Weekend!)

Mag jou Gemeente ‘n betekenisvolle en belangrike AGS Welsynsnaweek hê!

Seëninge!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 13 November 2020

Download the PDF-Version here (e-mail and printer-friendly):

AFM 13 NOV ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES:

1. Like & Follow AFM Welfare on Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/AFMWELFARE/

https://www.instagram.com/afmwelfare/

2. AFM Welfare R1-Campaign

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-4-september-resources/

3. AFM Alert Level 1 Lockdown Regulations

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

4. AFM Alert Level 1 Funeral Guidelines

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf

Fellow-AFM Colleagues,
1. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND – 27,28 & 29 November 2020 

The National Leadership Forum (NLF) approved an AFM Welfare Weekend as an annual event, which will always be scheduled for the last weekend of every November. This weekend will be officially known as AFM Welfare Weekend. This includes a Welfare Sunday with a focus on the activities of the Welfare Department where an offering will be taken in support of the mentioned Department. The Welfare Weekend provides an opportunity for the AFM Church to collectively engage in welfare actions that will touch and improve the lives of people across all local South African communities.

Our theme for the 2020 AFM Welfare Weekend is:

Get Involved – make a difference in the lives of vulnerable persons.

Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan (Isaiah 58:6-8; Math 10:8; Math 25:35; Luke 4:18; Luke 14: 13-14; James 1:27). The greatest motivation to be a blessing to our communities is not humanistic or philanthropic, but the love of God. God sent His Son – not so much for the church – but for the world. He uses His church to be His instrument to touch the world, our communities.

South Africans are faced with a variety of social challenges including poverty, high unemployment, crime, family breakdown, poor education, inequality, HIV/AIDS, violence and abuse against women and children and drug use and abuse. AFM Assemblies are encouraged to get involved in addressing social problems and challenges of their local communities and implement actions that will make a difference to the people in their surrounding communities.


If you need a refresher on this Game Plan Driver, kindly visit the AFM Website for resources:
https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement/

The AFM Welfare Weekend is an opportunity to mobilise AFM Members, to get practical about community-focused drives, and to show South Africans that the AFM of SA is a church with a heart for people and God.

I would like to CALL on all AFM Assemblies to participate in the official AFM Welfare Weekend by:

1. Devoting the last weekend in November, annually, to celebrate AFM Welfare Weekend, starting this month from the 27th to the 29th of November 2020.
2. Empowering your Assembly Leaders and members with knowledge on how to change lives by practically planning and implementing the Community Involvement Driver. Learn more about 5 different social development strategies and examples of projects.

Download a PowerPoint Presentation resource:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. Consider encouraging your Members to actively participate in a Welfare Empowerment Session through a workshop or a seminar using the PowerPoint Presentation mentioned in Point 2 above as a basis, and/or a Community-focussed Drive during AFM Welfare Weekend. Given the short notice of this activity, this could be planned for future Welfare Weekends.

Examples of a Community-focused Drive:

  • Arranging a breakfast for a group of Older Persons or Persons with Disabilities from the Assembly and communities you are serving;
  • Bringing non-perishable food and or second-hand clothing to the church service and hand it out to needy families.
  • Any other action that will benefit vulnerable persons in the Assembly and the immediate community it serves.
  • Lastly, if your Assembly already has existing community-focussed drives, you are requested to please consider scheduling one of these drives during AFM Welfare Weekend.
4. On the Sunday, consider preaching a message with a welfare focus utilising the Sermon Focus Points as a basis.

Download the Sermon Focus Points from the link below for your consideration:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

5. Using this weekend to raise awareness about the work done by AFM Welfare – the church’s Welfare Department.

Download an electronic Booklet for Members:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

6. Using this weekend to make AFM Members aware of current AFM Welfare institutions and projects within specific provinces. I would like to see AFM Members becoming more aware of and where possible, involved in current AFM Welfare projects or support those that do not fall within your geographic areas.

Download a List of all AFM Welfare institutions:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

7. Taking up a special offering for AFM Welfare. I humbly request that the special offering be deposited in AFM Welfare’s account:

Bank Name: ABSA

Account Name: The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA

Branch Code: 632005

Account Number: 01 05529 076 4

Type: Check

Reference: The name of your AFM Assembly 

After the Welfare Weekend we want to encourage AFM Assemblies to write a short report on your Welfare Weekend activities and share your community-involvement drives by sending an e-mail to AFM Welfare Communication: [email protected].

Our church’s Welfare Department, known as AFM Welfare, will remain the ministry through which communities are changed and transformed to reflect God’s glory – as stated in our church’s vision statement:

We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and changing communities to the glory of God.

Lastly, I would also like to remind you that AFM Welfare is ready to serve, support, and equip your Assembly with the needed knowledge, programmes and “know-how” to practically get involved in welfare activities and projects in your surrounding communities – and in so doing implementing the Community Involvement Driver. Reach out to them and invite them for an empowering session in this regard.

May your Assembly have a meaningful and significant AFM Welfare Weekend!

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 13 November 2020

Laai die PDF-Weergawe hier af (om maklik per e-pos aan te stuur of uit te druk):

AFM 13 NOV AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. Sluit aan by die AGS Welsyn se Sosiale Media:

https://www.facebook.com/AFMWELFARE/

https://www.instagram.com/afmwelfare/

2. AGS Welsyn R1-Veldtog

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-4-september-resources/

3. AGS Vlak 1 Inperkingsregulasies 

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

4. AGS Vlak 1 Begrafnis Regulasies

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf

Mede-AGS Kollega,

1. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK – 27,28 & 29 November 2020 


Die Nasionale Leierskap Forum (NLF) het ‘n AGS Welsynsnaweek goedgekeur as ‘n jaarlikse instelling – wat altyd op die laaste naweek van November-maand beplan sal word. Hierdie naweek sal amptelik bekend staan ​​as die AGS Welsynsnaweek. Dit sluit ‘n Welsyn Sondag in met die fokus op die aktiwiteite van die Welsynsdepartement en die opneem van ‘n offerhande ter ondersteuning van die genoemde departement. Die Welsynsnaweek bied ‘n geleentheid vir die kerk om gesamentlik betrokke te wees by welsynsaksies wat die lewens van mense in ons plaaslike gemeenskappe sal raak en verbeter.

Ons tema vir die 2020 AGS Welsynsnaweek is:

Raak betrokke – maak ‘n verskil in die lewens van kwesbare persone.

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die One AFM Game Plan (Jesaja 58: 6-8; Matt. 10: 8; Matt. 25:35; Luk. 4:18; Luk. 14: 13-14; Jakobus 1:27). Die grootste motivering om ons gemeenskappe te seën is nie humanisties of filantropies nie, maar die liefde van God. God het sy Seun gestuur – nie so seer vir die kerk nie – maar vir die wêreld. Hy gebruik sy kerk om sy instrument te wees om die wêreld en ons gemeenskappe aan te raak.

Suid-Afrikaners staar ‘n verskeidenheid van sosiale uitdagings in die gesig, wat insluit: armoede, hoë werkloosheid, misdaad, gesinsverbrokkeling, ‘n swak onderwysstelsel, ongelykheid, MIV/Vigs, geweld en mishandeling van vroue en kinders asook dwelmgebruik en -misbruik. AGS Gemeentes word aangemoedig om betrokke te raak by die sosiale probleme en uitdagings van hul plaaslike gemeenskappe en aksies uit te voer wat ‘n verskil sal maak in die lewens van Suid-Afrikaners.


I
ndien jy meer wil weet oor Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid as een van die drywers van ons One AFM Game Plan, besoek gerus die AGS webblad vir hulpbronne: https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement/

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek is ‘n geleentheid om AGS Lidmate te mobiliseer om prakties te raak oor gemeenskapsgerigte aksies en om Suid-Afrikaners te wys dat die AGS van SA ‘n kerk is met ‘n hart vir mense en God.

Ek wil ‘n beroep doen op alle AGS Gemeentes om aan die amptelike AGS Welsynsnaweek deel te neem deur:

1. Die laaste naweek in November-maand jaarliks ​​toe te wy aan die viering van ons AGS Welsynsnaweek – vanaf hierdie maand op 27-29 November 2020.

2. Gemeenteleiers en Lidmate toe te rus met kennis oor hoe lewens verander kan word deur Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid, hoe om dit prakties te beplan asook te implementeer. Leer meer oor 5 verskillende strategieë vir sosiale ontwikkeling en voorbeelde van projekte.

Laai ‘n PowerPoint-aanbiedingshulpbron af:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. Oorweeg dit om jou Lidmate aan te moedig om deel te neem aan ‘n Welsynsbemagtigingsessie deur middel van ‘n werkswinkel of ‘n seminaar (met behulp van die PowerPoint-aanbieding wat in Punt 2 hierbo genoem word) en/of ‘n Gemeenskapsgerigte Uitreik tydens die AGS Welsynsnaweek. Gegewe die kort kennisgewing kan dit beplan word vir toekomstige Welsynsnaweke.

Voorbeelde van ‘n Gemeenskapsgerigte Uitreike:

  • Reël ‘n ontbyt vir ‘n groep ouer persone of persone met gestremdhede in jou gemeente en gemeenskappe wat jy bedien;
  • Bring nie-bederfbare kos en/of tweedehandse klere na die kerkdiens en deel dit uit aan behoeftige gesinne.
  • Of enige ander aksie wat kwesbare persone in jou Gemeente en onmiddellike gemeenskap sal bevoordeel.
  • Laastens, as jy reeds bestaande gemeenskapsgerigte projekte het, oorweeg om een van hierdie projekte of uitreike te beplan tydens die AGS Welsynsnaweek.
4. Oorweeg dit om op die Sondag ‘n preek met ‘n welsynsfokus aan te bied, en gebruik die Preek Fokus Punte as basis.

Laai die Preek Fokus Punte af vanaf die onderstaande skakel vir jou oorweging:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

5.Gebruik hierdie naweek om bewusmaking te kweek oor die werk wat gedoen word deur AGS Welsyn – die Welsynsdepartement van die kerk.

Laai ‘n elektroniese boekie vir Lidmate af (beskikbaar in Engels):
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

6. Gebruik hierdie naweek om AGS Lidmate bewus te maak van huidige AGS-welsynsinstellings in spesifieke provinsies. Ek wil graag sien dat Lidmate meer bewus word van, en waar moontlik, betrokke is by AGS-welsynsprojekte of AGS-welsynsinstellings ondersteun wat nie binne ‘n Gemeente se geografiese gebied val nie.

Laai ‘n Lys af van alle AGS-welsynsinstellings:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

7. Die opneem van ‘n spesiale offerhande vir AGS Welsyn. Ek vra nederig dat die spesiale offerhande in AGS Welsyn se rekening gedeponeer word:

Banknaam: ABSA

Rekeningnaam: The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA

Takkode: 632005

Rekeningnommer: 01 05529 076 4

Tipe: Tjek

Verwysing: Die naam van die AGS Gemeente

Na die Welsynsnaweek wil ons jou aanmoedig om ‘n kort verslag oor jou Welsynsnaweek se aktiwiteite te skryf en jou Gemeente se Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid te deel deur ‘n e-pos te stuur aan AGS Welsyn Kommunikasie: [email protected].

Ons Welsynsdepartement van die kerk, bekend as AGS Welsyn, sal die bediening bly waardeur gemeenskappe verander word om God se glorie te weerspieël – soos dit ook in die kerk se visiestelling saamgevat is:

Ons sien ‘n kerk wat toeganklik is vir alle mense, ‘n kerk waar ons ons eenheid en God-gegewe diversiteit vier, waar ons lidmate bemagtig word om gemeenskappe tot eer van God te versorg en te verander.

Laastens, wil ek jou daaraan herinner dat AGS Welsyn gereed is om jou Gemeente te ondersteun en toe te rus met die nodige kennis, programme en “know-how” om prakties betrokke te raak by welsynsaktiwiteite en projekte in jou omliggende gemeenskappe – en sodoende jou Gemeente by te staan in die praktiese implementering van die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer. Kontak hulle en nooi hulle uit vir ‘n bemagtigingsessie in hierdie verband.

Mag jou Gemeente ‘n betekenisvolle en belangrike AGS Welsynsnaweek ervaar!

Seëninge!

MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 6 November 2020

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6 NOV ENG NEWSFLASH

RESOURCES

1. Like and Follow the PCD Facebook-page for Regular Updates:

https://www.facebook.com/-pcd.afm

2. AFM Welfare R1-Campaign

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-4-september-resources/ 

3. AFM Alert Level 1 Lockdown Regulations

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf 

4. AFM Alert Level 1 Funeral Guidelines

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf 

AFM Fellow-Colleague,

1. PRAYER REQUESTS

There are many crises and problems that are too heavy and difficult for us to overcome on our own. Even when we sometimes feel there is no hope, GOD is always prepared to help us. When God places His hands in ours there is no problem too big and no crisis too heavy that cannot be overcome with His help. Let us remind ourselves of Psalm 50:15: “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

I would like to request you to pray for the following:

  • Pray for RAIN. While we had good winter rains in the Western-Cape, other areas in South Africa need more rain.
  • Pray for MATRICULANTS. With the final exams that started on Thursday 5 November, every matriculant in South Africa needs our prayers.
2. PCD UPDATE

We kindly request Pastors to send their PCD Registers directly to their PCD Regional Coordinators – and not to the PCD National Office. The PCD Regional Coordinators will then make sure that the details of the Pastor and Region are correctly filled out on the register. Pastors are reminded to add their points for the Regional Coordinators to verify the Pastor’s register.

For regular updates and communication regarding the PCD process make sure to Like and Follow the PCD Facebook-page:

https://www.facebook.com/pcd.afm

3. TRIBUTE TO DR. JAPIE LA POORTA

Dr. Japie La Poorta has been serving as a National Office Bearer of the AFM of SA from 1999 – present. We would like to use this opportunity to thank him for his dedicated leadership. In this Newsflash we take a closer look at his background and journey in the AFM.

For a detailed biography, kindly visit the following link on the AFM Website:

https://afm-ags.org/ourleaders/national-office-bearers/

Watch a short video that was recently shared on AFM Social Media Platforms:

If you would like to leave a comment for Dr. Japie, kindly use the comment section of the following Facebook post:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=789543198560639

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 6 November 2020

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6 NOV AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. Sluit gerus aan by die PCD Facebook-bladsy vir gereelde Kennisgewings:

https://www.facebook.com/pcd.afm

2. AGS Welsyn R1-Veldtog

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-4-september-resources/

3. AGS Vlak 1 Inperkingsregulasies 

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

4. AGS Vlak 1 Begrafnis Regulasies

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf

1. GEBEDSVERSOEKE

Daar is baie krisisse en probleme wat te swaar en moeilik is om op ons eie te oorkom. Selfs as ons soms voel dat daar geen hoop is nie, is GOD altyd bereid om ons te help. As God sy hande in joune plaas, is daar geen probleem te groot en geen krisis te swaar wat nie met Sy hulp oorkom kan word nie. Laat ons onsself herinner aan Psalm 50:15: “Roep My aan in die dag van benoudheid; Ek sal jou uithelp, en jy sal My eer.”

Ek wil jou versoek om asseblief vir die volgende te bid:

  • Bid vir REËN. Terwyl ons goeie winterreën in die Wes-Kaap gehad het, het ander gebiede in Suid-Afrika meer reën nodig.
  • Bid vir MATRIKULANTE. Met die eindeksamen wat Donderdag 5 November begin het, het elke matrikulant in Suid-Afrika ons gebede nodig.
2. PCD: KENNISGEWING

Ons versoek vriendelik dat Pastore hul PCD-registers direk aan hul PCD Streekskoördineerders sal stuur – en nie na die PCD Nasionale Kantoor nie. Die PCD Streekskoördineerders sal dan sorg dat die besonderhede van die Pastoor en die streek korrek in die register ingevul word. Pastore word daaraan herinner om hul punte vir die Streekskoördineerders by te voeg sodat elke Pastoor se register geverifieer kan word.

Vir gereelde opdaterings en kommunikasie rakende die PCD-proses, sluit gerus aan by die volgende Facebook-bladsy:

https://www.facebook.com/pcd.afm

3. ‘N HULDEBLYK AAN DR. JAPIE LA POORTA

Dr. Japie La Poorta dien vanaf 1999 as Nasionale Ampsdraer van die AGS van SA. Ek wil van hierdie geleentheid gebruik maak om hom te bedank vir sy toegewyde leierskap. In hierdie Nuusflits kyk ons ​​na sy agtergrond en spesiale mylpale in die AGS.

Besoek gerus die volgende skakel op die AGS-webwerf vir ‘n volledige biografie:

https://afm-ags.org/ourleaders/national-office-bearers/

As jy vir Dr. Japie ‘n boodskap wil los, gebruik die kommentaar gedeelte van die volgende Facebook-plasing:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=789543198560639

Seën!

MG Mahlobo

 

Newsflash: Friday, 23 October 2020

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AFM 23 OCT ENG NEWSFLASH

AFM Fellow-Colleague,

1. RENEWAL OF PASTORAL STATUS – URGENT 

According to the AFM Constitution, (Appendix 7.6 point 2.3.1 and 2.3.2) Pastors who have not renewed their pastoral status by 31 December 2020, would be “considered delinquent, however a grace period of 31 days shall apply.” – That implies that Pastors who have not renewed their status by 31 January 2021, “shall be considered to have lost their status” and in order to regain pastoral status they would have to apply for re-instatement.

My concern is that if we are to have a GBM (General Business Meeting) in February/March 2021, pastors who have not renewed their status, would not be able to register or vote at the GBM.

There might also be logistical challenges if Pastors wait with their status renewal until January 2021, as it will leave very little time for the administration to process the application in time for the GBM. (Kindly take note that the AFM National Office closes on 11 December 2020). Pastors should therefore apply for renewal as soon as possible or run the risk that they might not be able to register for the GBM.

Pastors who have not yet renewed their status should urgently contact their Regional Secretary / Administrator.

Dr. Henri Weideman

2. PASTORS APPRECIATION MONTH

Kindly take note of a special video message regarding the appreciation of our Pastors, their spouses and their children. This video is addressed to AFM Governing Body Members, Members and Assemblies and is available on all AFM social media platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afmofsa/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Lc0Rf0KcFmM

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 23 Oktober 2020

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23 OKT AFR NUUSFLITS

HULPBRONNE:

1. Omsendbrief, 22 September 2020 (Pastoor Waarderingsmaand – Punt Nr.3)

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Circular-to-pastors-Regions-22-September-2020.pdf

2. AGS Welsyn R1-Veldtog

https://afm-ags.org/newsflash-friday-4-september-resources/

3. AGS Vlak 1 Inperkingsregulasies 

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Church-Gatherings-Guidelines.pdf

4. AGS Vlak 1 Begrafnis Regulasies

https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFM-Level-1-Funeral-Guidelines.pdf

Mede-AGS Kollega,

1. DIE HERNUWING VAN PASTORALE STATUS – DRINGEND

Volgens die AGS Konstitusie, (Aanhangsel 7.6 punt 2.3.1 en 2.3.2), word Pastore wat nie hul pastorale status teen 31 Desember 2020 hernu het nie, “as nalatig beskou, maar ‘n grasietydperk van 31 dae is van toepassing”. – Dit impliseer dat Pastore wat nie hulle status teen 31 Januarie 2021 hernu het nie, hul pastorale status verloor, en dan aansoek moet doen om hul status te herstel.

My bekommernis is dat as ons GBM (Algemene Sakevergadering) moontlik in Februarie/Maart 2021  plaasvind, die Pastore wat dan nog nie hul status hernu het nie, dit moontlik nie betyds sal kan doen om te registreer vir die GBM nie.

Daar kan  logistieke uitdagings wees as Pastore met hul status hernuwing tot Januarie 2021 wag, want dit sal baie min tyd aan die administrasie gee om die aansoek betyds vir die GBM te verwerk. (Neem ook asseblief kennis dat die AGS Nasionale Kantoor op 11 Desember 2020 sluit.) Pastore moet dus so gou moontlik aansoek doen vir hernuwing of die risiko loop dat hulle nie vir die GBM kan registreer nie.

Pastore wat nog nie hul status hernu het nie, moet dringend met hul Streeksekretaris / Administrateur in kontak kom.

Dr. Henri Weideman

2. PASTOOR WAARDERINGSMAAND

Neem asseblief kennis van ‘n spesiale videoboodskap rakende die waardering van ons Pastore, hul eggenote en hulle kinders. Hierdie videoboodskap is gerig aan AGS Beheerliggame, Lidmate en Gemeentes. Die boodskap is beskikbaar op alle AGS sosiale media-platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afmofsa/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Lc0Rf0KcFmM

Seën!

MG Mahlobo